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The Inn at Shelburne Farms

1611 Harbor Rd. Send to Phone
Once home to Vanderbilts, this lakefront estate now offers farmstead cheeses and freshly sourced game.
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Breakfast & Dinner daily, Brunch Sun. May 10-Oct. 20

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Dining room at The Inn at Shelburne Farms, Shelburne, VT

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: Dining at Shelburne Farms feels a bit like role playing. Once a summer retreat for the Vanderbilt Webbs, this sprawling estate, surrounded by bucolic fields and majestic lake views, allows you to assume the grandeur of American nobility, especially once you enter the Inn’s signature fine dining room, which conveys old-world splendor without pretension. The menu centers on seasonal game and produce raised and grown just beyond its hallowed walls --- from lettuce to lamb --- as well as the farms' own dairy products. Start with the Butcher Board, a palette of native fauna that boasts veal-pork terrine and a chicken-liver mousse with rich, earthy flavors. Move on to grilled Vermont rabbit wrapped in salt-cured soppressata or grass-fed rib-eye with duck fat-cooked potatoes. The buttery tubers literally melt in your mouth, just as their accoutrement of pickled red onions will pucker it. Finish with fine espresso and a pair of deeply satisfying corn donuts, warm and drizzled with crème. Or, for the purist, try one of the farmstead cheddars with a cold Sauvignon Blanc. While you can dine al fresco on the terrace, the west-facing marble dining room presents no less striking vistas, and the service is far more elegant. Be sure to call ahead for the seasonal schedule of the Inn, which closes in winter.

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